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Additional angling opportunities created by successful fall fish stocking season
January 18, 2022
Jan. 18, 2022
Eight different species, 672,478 fish, weighing in at nearly 13.5 tons - those are the totals from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' fall 2021 fish stocking efforts at 123 locations across the state.
"It was another outstanding fall fish stocking season that will provide enhanced opportunities throughout Michigan," said Ed Eisch, DNR fish production manager. "When added to our successful spring and summer stocking efforts, that brings the total for 2021 to more than 18.2 million fish put into Michigan's waters."
The number and type of fish stocked vary by hatchery, as each facility's ability to rear fish differs because of water supplies and temperature. In Michigan, there are six state and three cooperative hatcheries that work together to produce the species, strain and size of fish needed by fisheries managers. These fish must then be delivered at a specific time and location for stocking to ensure their success. Most fish in Michigan are stocked in the spring.
Fall fish stockings in 2021 consisted of eight species that included: brook trout, brown trout, channel catfish, coho salmon, lake trout, Eagle Lake and steelhead strain rainbow trout, walleye and muskellunge.
In general, fish are reared in Michigan's state fish hatcheries anywhere from one month to one and a half years before they are stocked.
The DNR welcomes visitors to its state fish hatcheries and interpretative centers to witness firsthand the fish rearing process and to learn about Michigan's waters. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/Hatcheries. For everyone's safety, masks are recommended for all visitors entering public buildings.
To find out if any fish were stocked in your favorite fishing spot, visit the DNR's fish stocking database at MichiganDNR.com/FishStock/.
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- Stocking: Brook trout were planted in Lost Lake, Keweenaw County, in November 2021 as part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' fall fish stocking effort.